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19 February, 2020 - 11:16 By Tony Quested

Seventh heaven as new Cambridge Enterprise fund is launched

Cambridge University has launched the seventh iteration of its Enterprise Fund, managed by Parkwalk in conjunction with Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercialisation arm. 

First launched in 2012, the fund offers alumni, those associated with the university and investors the opportunity to back companies spun out of Cambridge University in a tax efficient manner through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

Cambridge University has a long history of producing disruptive technologies and it sits at the heart of Europe’s most productive tech cluster, which has produced 18 companies valued at more than $1 billion. 

The commercial development of these technologies supports the university’s mission to disseminate the results of its research and scholarly activities for the benefit of society. 

Investing in the University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund VII is an attractive way to support the university’s drive to create global impact and to accelerate the introduction of innovative technologies.

The objective of the fund is to invest in a portfolio of early stage high-growth, knowledge-intensive companies spun out from the university. It will invest in opportunities related to the university, whether founded by a member of staff or a student, or has a research or development link to the seat of learning. 

From August 2012 to December 2019, the University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds I–VI have achieved 11 realisations generating over £8.9 million and were each fully invested/committed over a 12-18-month timeframe.

Parkwalk has been the UK’s most active investor in world-changing technologies emerging from the UK’s leading universities and research institutions over the past five years. 

CEO Moray Wright said: “Cambridge is one of the world’s great universities and has an unbeatable pedigree in innovation – the source of the jet engine, the structure of DNA, monoclonal antibodies and plastic electronics to name just a few examples.

“Its startup companies are developing disruptive technologies that can have global impact and benefit wider society as well as create the potential for significant investor returns.” 

Dr Anne Dobrée, head of Seed Funds at CE added: “The University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds have been an important new source of funding for our young companies and are a great way for Cambridge alumni and friends to support the university’s innovation.

“Parkwalk has been a valued partner since the launch of these funds and has played a huge role in their success.”

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